Love Is Blind

You know, I walked into the grocery store the other day and saw that roses and romantic cards have all but taken over the entry way. I love a good romance story, and certainly, there are plenty of them to be had with Valentine’s Day happening this month. However, I want to share an old story that I’ve always liked, which deals with self-love.

Once upon a time, there was a young girl who had grown increasingly shy over the years. In addition to her modest style of dress, she always wore a scarf that hung down over the left side of her face. No one gave much thought to why she started to drape herself with the thin fabric and over the years, it just became part of her style. One day, a healer came through the rural area. As soon as the girl heard about the miracles that the mysterious woman could work, she rushed down to the center of her village and fell to her knees in front of the healer, pleading for help. Just as quickly, the healer reached down to the girl’s arm and helped her back to her feet, then asked: “My dear, why do you hide your pretty face?” The girl answered, “When I was young, I fell from a tree and the wound on my face left an ugly scar.” The healer gently pulled the scarf away from the girl’s face and spoke kindly: “That was many years ago; scars are a reminder that successful healing has taken place.” Then, she held up a small mirror and the girl looked at her reflection. What she first noticed in the mirror was not the scar, but her shining eyes and pretty cheekbones. The young girl smiled as she realized that the healer had given her the freedom to appreciate her own beauty and she let the scarf slip through her fingers and fly away in the breeze.

My friend, I hope that you find time to turn a mirror on yourself this month and appreciate how far you have come in life. Here’s to you and yours— may you have a great month, full of love and appreciation!

Good Medicine

“I don’t know what it is, doc,” the nervous young man said. “I just don’t feel good.”

The doctor examined him and ran some tests. After consulting with her nurse, she came back into the examination room with three large bottles of different colored pills.

“OK,” the doctor said. “I want you to take one blue pill with a large glass of water every two hours. Also, go ahead and take one green pill with a large glass of water every three hours. Finally, take one of the yellow pills, with a large glass of water, every four hours.”

“Geez, that’s a lot of pills,” the patient said. “What’s the matter with me?”

“You’re not drinking enough water.”

The Effect Of Non-Violent Video Games

Playing action-packed video games may make people more violent, but is the reverse true? Can playing calm, peaceful games help create a relaxed feeling of serenity? Maybe so, according to experiments conducted by researchers at Ohio State University.

They took a group of 150 college students and randomly assigned them to play in one of three scenarios: with a “violent” game, a “neutral” game, or a “peaceful” game called Endless Ocean, which simulates scuba diving and peaceful underwater exploration.

After the games, the students were asked to participate in a test of reaction times against another player (who didn’t actually exist). The stakes: Winners would receive a small amount of money for pressing a button faster than their competitor; losers got blasted with a loud noise through headphones.

Those who’d played the violent game tended to be more aggressive in the test, inflicting louder and longer blasts on their nonexistent opponents. Players of the peaceful game granted their adversaries more money for beating them than their violent counterparts.

BC Home Sales Decline 25% in 2018

Vancouver, BC – January, 2019. TThe British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 78,345 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2018, a decline of 24.5 per cent from the 103,758 units sold in 2017. The annual average MLS® residential price in BC was $712,508, an increase of 0.4 per cent from $709,601 recorded the previous year. Total sales dollar volume was $55.8 billion, a 24.2 per cent decline from 2017.

“BC home sales fell below the 10-year average of 84,800 units in 2018,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “The sharp decline in affordability caused by the B20 mortgage stress test is largely to blame for decline in consumer demand last year.”

A total of 3,497 MLS® residential unit sales were recorded across the province in December, down 39.1 per cent from December 2017. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $695,647, a decline of 5.2 per cent from December 2017. Total sales dollar volume was $2.4 billion, a 42.3 per cent decline during the same period.

Total active residential listings were up 33.3 per cent to 27,615 units in December, the highest December inventory since 2014 when 33,995 active residential listings were recorded.

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December 2018 Housing Market Video Update – Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

REBGV President Phil Moore provides a summary of the December 2018 housing market statistics.